News - December 2016

Saturday 31 December - 2016 ends in yet another defeat

The first team ended 2016 with another defeat this afternoon, the fifth in a row, going down 3-2 at Staines Town., meaning that they are now eight games without a win.

At half time this afternoon, things were looking more positive as the Greens were 1-0 ahead courtesy of a Casey Maclaren goal, but the game was lost in ten second half minutes.

On the hour mark Afolabi Coker equalised and within another two minutes, Adrian Clifton had put the Swans ahead. In the 70th minute, as again the Greens conceded goals in quick succession, Clifton struck again to make it 3-1. A late consolation from Maclaren was only enough to make the scoreline look more respectable.

The result means that the Greens have conceded 23 goals in the last 6 games - almost 4 per game - a flow of goals that needs to be stemmed as a matter of urgency.

It is the worst run of league results since the start of the 2006-07 season, when just 2 points were picked up in the first 11 games.

There is no doubt whatsoever that the club go into 2017 knowing that performances and results need to improve as quickly as possible to avoid relegation.

Posted at 14:56

Saturday 31 December - Tom Lovelock added to the squad

Our last signing of 2016 is 23 year old goalkeeper Tom Lovelock, who has signed from Bishop's Stortford in time to make his debut at Staines Town this afternoon.

Tom started his career at Leyton Orient, with loan spells at Welling United, Bromley and Farnborough. before going on to make ver 70 appearances for Sutton United. He also had spells at Chelmsford City and Concord Rangers before joining Bishop's Stortford in the summer of 2015.

Posted at 12:33

Friday 30 December - John Fordham

We were informed yesterday that long time supporter John Fordham is currently seriously ill in hospital having suffered a serious stroke.

John has supported the club for many years, and is part of our matchday volunteer team, often manning the turnstiles, so will be a familiar face to many supporters.

Everyone connected with the club sends our best wishes to John, and wish him well on his road to recovery.

Posted at 15:56

Thursday 29 December - Date change for Billericay home game

Our home game against Billericay Town has been moved back a week and will now be played on Tuesday 31st January, kicking off at 7:45pm at SJP.

This is due to Billericay's continued involvement in the Alan Turvey Trophy, and they have been instructed by the Ryman League to play their tie against Worthing on 24th January.

Posted at 14:32

Wednesday 28 December - McCann bemoans calamitous defending

Gary McCann was brutally honest when looking back at the Harrow Borough game on Boxing Day.

"Our defending was absolutely calamitous," he said. "All five of the goals were preventable by us and I’m disappointed that three of them came because we wasted the ball near to our goal and soon after the ball was in our net.

"The first ten minutes of the second half played its part in our defeat. We had done ever so well to come back from conceding a bad goal three times and then taken the lead just before half-time. But then it all went wrong.

"Normally when I criticise any area of the team, the others have to take some of the responsibility, too, but I am not sure I can do that with the way we have defended recently. I'm not convinced the full-backs were protected overly well all game. The midfield two worked very hard today and the two lads up front gave me everything I wanted.

"Before the free-kick we conceded for the first goal, we could and should have cleared the ball twice. The challenge was careless and the free-kick was the right decision.

"The second and third goals were avoidable, like most goals are. I was told the penalty we conceded was soft, but we gave away good possession and shortly after a dubious penalty.

"As for the last goal, a missed pass, a lack of organisation from the throw in and three defenders out of position just about topped it off.

"We certainly had chances to get back into the game after going 5-4 down. Arthur Lee went close with his header, but was off target and Karl Oliyide was denied by a very good save.

"But if we're looking for positives, Dave Diedhiou looked good in his comeback and Karl and Reis Stanislaus have given us excellent performances and goals in the last three games.

"We are in a dogfight now and we need to bring in some hard-nosed players to get us out of it. We are so lacking in self-confidence at the moment, we need to get out of this rut and I will work tirelessly to bring in the right players for the run in.

"I think too many of the team are not showing the mental resolve required. What we have served up in recent games is not good enough."

Posted at 12:42

Monday 26 December - Boxing Day Goalfest 2 : The Sequel

Last season, the first team were 4-1 up at Earlsmead on Boxing Day, only to draw 5-5, a result that felt like a defeat. This season, there was another goalfest, this time Harrow Borough winning 5-4.

In terms of the performance from the Greens, defensively once again it was horrible, but in the first half, going forward, a number of chances were created. However, the second half was far more disappointing, with Harrow always looking like the more likely winners.

Harrow were ahead in the 2nd minute, when Joshua Webb, the only player to score more than one goal in the game, found the back of the net. Five minutes later, Dave Diedhiou met a Sam Murphy corner with his head to celebrate his return from injury with a goal for the equaliser. By the 11th minute Harrow were 2-1 ahead thanks to Harry Newman, and in the 17th minute things were level again as Murphy converted a spot kick after Reis Stanislaus was tripped just inside the box.

Francis Babalola made it 3-2 to Harrow in the 31st minute, but within a minute Casey Maclaren had equalised for a third time with a piledriver of a shot from the edge of the area. Shortly before half-time the Greens took the lead for the only time in the game as Stanislaus scored with a drive that was the equal of that from Maclaren.

When the teams came out for the second half the visitors took the game to the Greens and were rewarded with a penalty in the 50th minute, converted by Joshua Webb. The winner came in the 73rd minute when lax defending allowed Sahr Kabba, on loan from Wealdstone, to score, and the visitors spurned a number of other chances throughout the half.

The Greens did have chances in the second half to score, Arthur Lee saw a header fly narrowly wide of the goal, whilst Karl Oliyide saw a shot on the turn go over the bar.

Posted at 21:53

Monday 26 December - Hewitt and Federico departure confirmed

Speaking to Greensnet before the game today, Gary McCann confirmed that Bradley Hewitt and Jerome Federico are no longer part of the squad.

Gary said that he's only interested in having players at the club who are 100% committed to the cause and up for the battle against relegation that we now find ourselves in.

We understand that Hewitt is taking a break from football, whilst Federico has returned to Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Posted at 21:44

Saturday 24 December - Season's Greetings

The directors, officials, management and players at Hendon would like to wish all our supporters a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, and a happy and peaceful new year.

We would like to thank you all for your support throughout 2016, and we look forward to seeing you on Boxing Day at SJP and in the New Year.

Posted at 13:09

Saturday 24 December - Special Offer from Edgware

Anyone who attends our game against Harrow Borough on Boxing Day can attend Edgware's game against Wembley the following day for just £1.

To qualify for the offer, just bring your ticket from our game against Harrow back to SJP on Tuesday afternoon. Our friends from Edgware will be delighted to see you there. Kick off on Tuesday is at 3:00pm.

Posted at 13:08

Thursday 22 December - New date for Bognor game

Our home game against Bognor Regis Town will now be played on Tuesday 7th February, kick off 7:45pm at Silver Jubilee Park.

Posted at 17:33

Thursday 22 December - Bognor home game postponed

Our home game against Bognor Regis Town on Tuesday 10th January has been postponed as the Rocks now have County Cup commitments that night. A new date will be arranged in due course.

Posted at 13:03

Wednesday 21 December - New Year Grand Draw

The New Year Grand Draw will take place on Saturday 7th January shortly after our game at SJP against Merstham . Tickets are on sale £1 each , first prize this time is £400. You can still buy tickets at games and by post, just email eddieedd@hendonfc.net for details. For those who are helping by selling please return stubs and money to Eddie or any Trust Board Member by the Merstham game. Thank you.

Posted at 19:16

Tuesday 20 December - Gary's thoughts on Grays and Needham Market

Hendon manager Gary McCann made some brutally honest observations about his team after the embarrassment against Grays Athletic last week. Speaking 36 hours after the game, he said, "We had a long talk with the players after the game.

"When we lost to Kingstonian a few weeks ago, I thought we had reached rock bottom, but it was a good place from which to build. There were the very good results at Leiston and Bognor Regis, but now we have gone backwards, and this result was the lowest.

"I have stressed the importance of togetherness as a unit. We don't have it, but we have to get this togetherness very quickly.

"I told the players to make no mistake, we may not be in the bottom four of the table, but we are most definitely in a relegation dogfight. We need everyone pulling in the same direction and I didn’t get that from some of the players and I cannot have that.

"Losing the two players who have moved on in the last couple of weeks was a big blow, but a couple more will no longer be part of the group. The good news is that we will be getting back some our injured players in the next couple of weeks, which will be a big boost.

"I am so pleased that the game with Billericay is now off. It means, after Saturday at Needham Market, we have nine days to refresh our attitude.

"We should have good news on the player front, because Dave Diedhiou and Elliot Brathwaite, are both very close. Kevin Maclaren is just a couple of weeks away too.

"Kezie Ibe, however, may be out for a few weeks after his hamstring injury. It is a big blow because he was just starting to look like the old Kezie."

Gary then had few excuses after the defeat at Needham Market on Saturday. He said, "We are not in a good place at the moment and we had another bad first half.

"Our mental strength is not good and in the last three matches we have conceded early goals and not reacted well to them. But when were 2-0 down, we battled back and got ourselves back into the game with a brilliant strike from Karl Oliyide.

"However, we then conceded two goals in quick succession, then a third. Going into half-time at 5-2, I stressed the importance of pride and playing for the badge in the second half and we did that.

"Needham did have a couple of chances, but we played much better, which is something to take from the game

"It hasn't helped that we have had to change the team so much. Neither Jamie Smith nor Quba Gordon were fit for Saturday and both Jerome Federico and Bradley Hewitt, like Josh Passley, have decided they don't want to be a part of the squad and try to turn things around, so they can go elsewhere.

"We had to call up a couple of players from the youth team and have given them some playing time. It will certainly help when many of our long-term absentees return and there are three who are very nearly fit. They will bring a lot of that mental strength and toughness, which will be crucial to our future.

"One of the things we are stressing is that we have to remain positive and I know we can turn it around."

Posted at 17:38

Monday 19 December - Under 18 update & recent reports

We are sorry that we haven't been able to bring as many updates on the Under 18s so far this season as we had hoped. However, we do now have a regular match reporter, so hopefully for the second half of the season we will have more updates for you.

Reports of their two most recent games, a 3-1 defeat at home to Wealdstone and a 9-1 win at Northwood, can now be found in the Youth & Reserves section - just click Under 18s in the drop down menu, and the up to date fixtures, results and league table can be found in the same part of the website.

The young Greens currently lie 3rd in their table with 12 points from 8 games having had a difficult start to their campaign, and their next game is on Wednesday 4th January when they entertain Hayes & Yeading United at SJP - kick off 7:30pm. All supporters are welcome.

Posted at 19:46

Monday 19 December - U18s game postponed tonight

Tonight's U18 game at Aldershot Town has been postponed, and will be rearranged for sometime in the new year.

Posted at 11:08

Monday 19 December - Billericay game rearranged

Our home game against Billericay Town, originally due to be played tomorrow, will now take place on Tuesday 24th January, kick off 7:45pm

Posted at 11:08

Saturday 17 December - Scorer correction

The website team have been advised that the scorer of our second goal at Needham Market today was Karl Oliyide. We thank Gary McCann for letting us know of the error.

Unfortunately none of the website team were able to be at the game this afternoon, so we could only go on the information we had to hand at the time we originally updated Greensnet.

Posted at 21:33

Saturday 17 December - Greens drop back into relegation zone

The first team dropped back into the relegation zone this afternoon following their 5-2 defeat at leaders Needham Market, a game in which all the goals came in the first 39 minutes.

As was the case on Tuesday, the Greens were two goals down inside 12 minutes, with Joe Whight and Luke Ingram netting, before Karl Oliyide equalised on the half hour mark.

Ingram scored again moments later, before Kem Izzet converted a penalty, only for Ingram to complete his hat-trick in the 37th minute. Two minutes later Reis Stanislaus scored a second for the Greens.

There was no further goals, as is often the case after a high scoring first half, and the second half was only noteworthy for the debuts of the three new signings from the substitutes bench.

There is now a 9 day break before the next game, when we entertain bottom of the table Harrow Borough at SJP on Boxing Day - kick off is at 3:00pm.

Posted at 17:15

Saturday 17 December - Further squad changes

Gary McCann has made further changes to the first team squad ahead of today's game at Needham Market, with three new faces signed up, and one confirmed departure.

Arriving from Thamesmead Town is 24 year old midfielder Merrick James-Lewis, who began his career with Southend United, before spells at Colchester United and Ebbsfleet United. He has played for a number of clubs around the Ryman League, including Canvey Island, Farnborough, Harrow Borough, Heybridge Swifts, Staines Town and Enfield Town.

Promoted from the under 18 side are 17 year old Mickey White and 16 year old Malachy McGovern. Both were on the scoresheet in the under 18s 9-1 win at Northwood this week, McGovern scoring four times, and White scoring three times. The other scorers were Ollie O'Sahon-Lubel and James Raptis.

Leaving the club is Josh Passley who has joined Whyteleafe after making just 3 appearances.

Posted at 14:33

Wednesday 14 December - Italian branch of Supporters Trust launches

We are delighted to say that we now have an Italian branch of the Supporters Trust, with Marco Bianchi and Louise Harte, who live in Parma, having recently joined.

Posted at 18:38

Tuesday 13 December - Greens go from bad to worse

It was another very disappointing evening for the first team as they were soundly beaten 4-0 by bottom of the table Grays Athletic. The result leaves the Greens firmly embroiled in the battle against relegation as their season reaches the halfway mark.

The visitors, who have now won three games in a row, took the lead in the 4th minute through Lheureux Menga, and just a few minutes later the lead was doubled when poor defending allowed Joao Carlos to score.

The Greens had plenty of chances in the first half, but were unable to covert them, whilst Grays converted the chances that came their way. Sam Murphy missed a penalty, whilst Kezie Ibe had a goal struck off for offside.

The second half performance started awfully as Kieran Bishop scored within a minute of the game restarting, and the same player completed the scoring just after the hour mark.

The Greens last game before Christmas is a tough test, as they travel to high flying Needham Market on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 21:47

Tuesday 13 December - Billericay game postponed next week

Our home game against Billericay Town due to be played next Tuesday, 20th December, has been postponed as they have an Alan Turvey Trophy tie to play that night.

A new date will be arranged in due course.

Posted at 21:42

Tuesday 13 December - Quba Gordon joins on loan

Ahead of tonight's game against Grays Athletic, Gary McCann added Quba Gordon to the squad from Boreham Wood on a youth loan deal.

Posted at 21:38

Tuesday 13 December - Gary pulls no punches after Leatherhead defeat

Gary McCann pulled no punches when he talked about the defeat against Leatherhead.

He said, "This was a hugely disappointing performance. We were outplayed and outfought

"We have had far too many really bad first halves of late and not had a real chance to get back into the game. We are not combative enough, especially in the first half.

"I made the change at half-time, taking off Andre Da Costa, not because he was the lesser player, but I had to change our shape.

"We were better in the second half, but apart from the penalty appeal early on, we didn't ask enough questions of their defence.

"The two new boys up front certainly made a big difference, but I am not sure either are ready to start because they have not been starting matches because of injury recently.

"Aaron Tumwa would have started on Saturday, but he had a family emergency and we knew that Jerome Federico would be unavailable for the match for business reasons, so we had to deal with this disruption.

"But, and I must stress this, that is not an excuse for the defensive performance on Saturday. We have to be better, stronger - mentally and physically - in that and other areas of the pitch.”

Posted at 21:36

Monday 12 December - Geraldine Clarke funeral details

Geraldine Clarke's funeral will take place at Hendon Crematorium at 3:00pm on Monday 19th December. All supporters are invited to attend, and are also welcome to join Sandra, Janet and all of Geraldine's family afterwards at Mill Hill Golf Club, 100 Barnet Way, Mill Hill, NW7 3AL.

If anyone would like to send flowers, the Funeral Director is W H Putnam, 6 Burnt Oak Broadway.

Sandra, Janet and all the family have been overwhelmed by the kind words expressed by so many supporters, players and backroom staff. They do not think Geraldine knew how much she was admired by everyone at Hendon.

Posted at 17:28

Saturday 10 December - Aaron Tumwa joins on loan

Aaron Tumwa is the latest addition to the squad, having joined on loan from Margate earlier today. A 23 year old left back, he began his career at Watford, before joining Bromley in the summer of 2015, and Margate a year later. Has had loan spells at Harrow Borough and Hayes & Yeading United.

Posted at 23:54

Saturday 10 December - Search for home win continues

The first teams search for the first home league win at SJP continues after they were beaten 3-1 by Leatherhead this afternoon.

In a first half where the Greens were lacking cohesion and energy, Leatherhead scored twice, Anthony Mendes putting them in front after 6 minutes, and Mohammed Sagaf doubling the lead on the half hour mark.

The second half saw a much improved performance from the home side, particularly after the introduction of Leon Smith and Reis Stanislaus, although in the 75th minute Mendes extended the visitors lead. Stanislaus pulled a goal back five minutes later but it was no more than a consolation and Leatherhead returned to Surrey with a thoroughly deserved three points.

Posted at 23:53

Friday 09 December - Stanislaus joins and Smith returns

We are pleased to announce that two strikers have been added to the squad today, one new to the club and one returning.

The striker new to the club is 27 year old Reis Stanislaus, who scored twice for Worthing against us on the opening day of the season, was with Molesey last season, and has also appeared for Woking, Maidenhead United, Leyton, Bedfont, Wealdstone and Egham Town.

The returning striker is Leon Smith, who needs no introduction to supporters, having scored 43 goals in 108 appearances in his first spell with the club, including a club record equalling run of scoring in 8 consecutive games.

We welcome both players to the squad and hope that they have a successful time with us.

Posted at 17:40

Thursday 08 December - Ollie Sprague joins Billericay

The club have announced this evening that popular left-back Ollie Sprague has left the club and has joined Billericay Town. As Ollie was a contracted player an undisclosed fee has been agreed between the two clubs for his transfer.

Chairman Simon Lawrence said, "The club has no wish to stand in any player's way, so we entered into discussed with Billericay, and having agreed a feww, we allowed Ollie to discuss personal terms."

Gary McCann said, "It's frustrating to have lost another player for financial reasons, but there isn't anything we can do. Ollie goes with our best wishes and thanks for his efforts over the past two years.

"However, there has been a much bigger loss to the club today with the news of the passing of Geraldine Clarke. She has been an important part of the club for many years and we will all miss her greatly. On behalf of the squad and my backroom staff, I'd like to send Sandra Wood and all the family our deepest condolences at this very sad time."

Posted at 19:10

Thursday 08 December - John Johnson funeral details

The family of JJ, who passed away a few days ago, have been in touch with the details of the funeral arrangements, and all associated with Hendon are invited to attend if they are able.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday 20th December at 11.30am at Holy Saviour Church, St Saviour's Road, Thornton Heath, CR0 2XF.

There will then be a blessing at Croydon Crematorium Chapel West, Mitcham Road, CR9 3AT at 1pm.

Afterwards, the family hope that everyone will join them to raise a glass to JJ at AFC Croydon Athletic, Mayfield Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 6DN.

JJ has left strict instructions that you do not need to wear black, and while flowers will be much appreciated, he preffered there to be no wreaths. And everyone is to smile for him.

If you plan to join JJ's family on the day, please let his daughter, Lesley, know by email - lesleyannjohnson@gmail.com.

Flowers can be sent to Co Op Funeralcare, 154 London Road, Croydon, CR0 2TD up to 4pm on 19th December and up to 11am on 20th December. If you would like to make a chapel visit, please let Lesley know.

Posted at 18:29

Thursday 08 December - Geraldine Clarke

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of long time supporter Geraldine Clarke earlier this week.

Geraldine will be well known to many supporters, and has played an important role in the life of the club for many years. She has been a member of the Supporters Association Committee for many years, including a long spell as treasurer, and she was often to be found working in the club shop at Claremont Road, Vale Farm, Earlsmead, and behind the club shop table at Silver Jubilee Park.

Everyone associated with the club sends their deepest sympathies to Geraldine's sisters, Sandra and Janet, and all her family and friends.

Posted at 10:59

Tuesday 06 December - Greens fight back to earn draw

The first team fought back from being 3-1 down with twenty minutes to go to draw 3-3 with Folkestone Invicta at Silver Jubilee Park this evening.

The Greens conceded twice in the first half, but early in the second period Casey Maclaren pulled a goal back when he thumped a header off the underside of the bar. Folkestone restored their two goal advantage, and with 70 minutes gone it looked like the points were going back to Kent.

However, the recent resolve that the squad have found was shown in abundance, and the first step towards the draw came when Sam Murphy converted a spot kick after Karl Oliyide was fouled in the box, and with about ten minutes to go, Kezie Ibe bundled the ball home after the keeper spilled a long range drive from Oliver Sprague to secure a point.

Posted at 22:15

Monday 05 December - Gary pleased with Enfield point

Gary McCann was very pleased with the point picked up against Enfield Town on Saturday. He said, "I am very pleased with the draw. There wasn’t much between the teams and I think we were worth the draw.

"They had their best 20 minutes of the game after we scored. But we needed that second goal and we had a great chance to give us it. We had a really good passage of play leading up to the chance 5-10 minutes before they scored.

"Once they had got their equaliser, I think we stood up well to them. A few weeks ago, I am not sure we would have been able to get a point in those circumstances.

"Togetherness was highlighted in our prematch talk and I think we are beginning to show much more of that togetherness. We had a really tough week and we were limited in our options, so I was pleased with the way that everyone did pull together.

"As for the double change, neither Jerome nor Josh have had much football - it was Josh's first competitive start of the season - and they were running on empty. We did lose our attacking outlet, down the right but I felt we had to make the changes.

"I hope to add to our squad to replace those that we have lost in the last few weeks. There should be two or three others available for the Folkestone game on Tuesday."

Posted at 20:19

Saturday 03 December - Local derby draw for Greens

The first team continued their improved form with a 1-1 draw against Enfield Town at Silver Jubilee Park this afternoon.

Both goals came in the second half, and both came from the penalty spot. It was the Greens who took the lead in the 55th minute when Sam Murphy converted the spot kick after Jerome Federico was clipped by Mark Kirby. Twenty minutes later, Mickey Parcell was fouled in the Hendon box and Billy Crook was on hand to fire the ball home from the spot.

The run of home games continues on Tuesday evening when we entertain Folkestone Invicta, who drew 1-1 at home to Dulwich Hamlet this afternoon. Kick off is at 7:45pm

Posted at 17:11

Friday 02 December - Niko Muir departs for Leiston

Hendon Football Club is disappointed to announce that leading scorer Niko Muir is in the process of leaving the club to sign for Leiston.

Speaking to Greensnet today, Gary McCann said "I can't tell you how disappointed we are as a club with the loss of Niko. Just 3 or 4 months into his Hendon career he has opted for a new challenge.

"We all understand that it will be more financially rewarding, but the travel and logistics of the move don't make sense.

"If promotion happens to be gained by Leiston this season, I'm sure that Conference North football will follow - again something I find hard to comprehend.

"We thank Niko for his efforts over the past few months and wish him well at his new club.

"We must now turn the page, move forward and not dwell, and use this as motivation to build on some excellent results of late."

The paperwork for Niko's move is expected to be completed in time for him to be involved for Leiston tomorrow afternoon.

Posted at 17:56

Friday 02 December - John 'JJ' Johnson

It is with sadness that we have learnt of the passing of John Johnson, better known as JJ, who was a member of Frank Murphy's backroom staff in the late 1990's.

JJ passed away on Wednesday, just a month after his 80th birthday, and was a very popular character around the Isthmian League following a career that saw him involved as player, coach, manager, kit man, and most recently at AFC Croydon Athletic, as director and president. Other clubs that he was involved with included Barking, Corinthian-Casuals Enfield, Dulwich Hamlet and Carshalton Athletic.

Everyone at Hendon sends their deepest sympathies to JJ's family and friends at this sad time.

Posted at 11:26